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Browns starting DE Desmond Bryant sidelined for rest of season, will undergo heart procedure

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 4, 2013

The Browns placed starting right defensive end Desmond Bryant on the reserve/non-football illness list with an irregular heartbeat, meaning his season is finished, the team announced today.

Bryant will undergo “a minor heart procedure” this week to correct the issue, Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said. Bryant is expected to make a full recovery and is expected to be able to resume his career, Gilbert said.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Bryant reported the symptoms Monday, a day after he played 47-of-74 snaps and finished a 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gilbert said.  Bryant is not in the hospital and is feeling fine, Gilbert said.

Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract with the Browns in March after spending the previous four seasons with the Oakland Raiders, has left games with heart problems in each of the past two seasons.

Bryant exited the Browns’ win over the Buffalo Bills early in the third quarter Oct. 3 because he was experiencing an accelerated heartbeat and shortness of breath. Bryant was taken to the Cleveland Clinic during the game and hospitalized overnight before being released the next day. He also left the Raiders’ game Nov. 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with similar symptoms. In both cases, he played the following week.

Bryant started all 12 games this season and compiled 45 tackles, including 3 1/2 sacks.

The Browns promoted wide receiver Brian Tyms to the active roster from the practice squad, filling the roster spot vacated by Bryant.

The Browns also released linebacker Justin Staples from the practice squad and signed defensive back T.J. Heath, defensive lineman Cam Henderson and linebacker Jonathan Stewart to the practice squad.


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